We are in the throes of one of the most unpleasant (yet oddly entertaining) election seasons in modern memory. Accusations of “crooked” and “temperamentally unfit” fly back and forth between the presumptive candidates of their associated parties. It’s ugly out there, and it’s going to get uglier between now and November. Technically, Powell and Clinton broke the Federal Records Act. Albright and Rice didn’t use email, but their staff didn’t follow the rules. Kerry is too early to call, but so far he’s following the rules. At the core of one of the accusations is the question of Hillary Clinton’s use of email while she was secretary of state under President Barack Obama. This is a legitimate question (even if posed by Donald Trump in his usual crude way). As I’ve discussed since the days of the George W. Bush administration, email use in government can have far-reaching implications. Because Mrs. Clinton’s use of email is both of historical interest (how a former secretary of state may have used or misused this critical communications mechanism) and of current ripped-from-the-headlines interest (she’s her party’s presumptive nominee), I’ll be following this issue closely throughout the election and investigation cycle. In this article,… Read full this story
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